More than 400 top professional truck drivers from all across the United States will be heading to Columbus OH for the 2010 National Truck Driving Championships (NTDC), to be held August 3-7 in the Greater Columbus Convention Center. This “Super Bowl of Safety” is sponsored annually by the American Trucking Associations (ATA).
The NTDC contestants are state champions from all 50 states. States send winners from each class of competition—from 18-wheel, five-axle sleepers to tank trucks to twin trailers to straight trucks—eight competing classes in all with an affiliated competition for step vans. The 18th annual North American Inspectors Championship will again take place alongside the NTDC in Columbus.
Drivers will compete for four days, challenging their driving skills, and knowledge of safety, equipment, and the industry. ATA’s Chairman Tommy Hodges (Titan Transfer Inc) will kick off the first day of driving August 5 with the ceremonial Breakfast of Champions. Drivers then head to the competition course, which recreates real-world obstacles that drivers encounter daily, such as an alley dock, a rear and/or front line stop, a scales stop, a right or left turn, parallel parking, or straight line driving through a diminishing clearance. Four classes will drive August 5 and five classes will take to the obstacle course August 6.
When it is over August 7, the United States will have a new National Grand Champion professional truck driver, individual champions in each class, and a state champion team.
For more information, visit www.truckline.com/Federation/Councils/slpmc/NTDC/Pages/Default.aspx.